A bunion is a bone deformity near the joint of the big toe. In some cases, a bunion can become painful and can make walking and wearing shoes difficult. A bunionectomy is a very common procedure done to repair a bunion. This is usually considered minor surgery and is done routinely with minimal complications. However, for one man, a bunionectomy ended with the loss of his leg to amputation. The man filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in Cook County against Diversey Medical Center and two doctors, claiming negligence caused his injuries.
A bunionectomy is surgery that is done to remove part of the bone and tissues that are causing the toe to be misaligned. There is extra bone material that needs to be removed through a surgical procedure. An incision is made and an ostectomy is performed. This is the removal of bone through surgery. A patient who has a bunionectomy would never expect that complications could arise that would require amputation of the leg. Yet that is what happened in this situation.
Improper Post-Surgical Care